Frequently Asked Questions

Recovery has been described as:
  • "…a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills, and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by illness."
  • "…involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the effects of mental illness" (Anthony, 1993).
Recovery is different for each person but often involves things like:
  • A reduction in symptoms
  • Improved relationships (e.g. feeling more comfortable around others, having more interest in interacting with others, spending more time with friends and family)
  • Connections with the outside world (e.g. engaging in work, school, volunteer activities, hobbies/other leisure or recreational activities)
  • A focus on important personal life goals (e.g. becoming more likely to make plans for the future, setting goals, and taking steps towards reaching them)

OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults who recently have had unusual thoughts and behaviors or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackNY helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships. Programs are located throughout New York State.

OnTrackNY also provides consultation and training, as well as manuals and web-based resources, to programs and State agencies that would like to implement Coordinated Specialty Care teams for people with early psychosis.

Studies show that seeking treatment early provides our best hope for reducing symptoms and improving long-term outcomes. If left untreated, these thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can become worse over time. The sooner you get care and treatment, the sooner you can feel better.

If you are under 18 years old, you need a parent or guardian’s permission to participate in OnTrackNY. Talking to your family about your problems may be hard, but it’s important so that others can understand and support you in getting the help you need.

You can talk about the kinds of experiences you’re having and how they make you feel. You might be afraid about opening up. Tell your parent or guardian about how your problems are affecting your schoolwork or your relationships. Maybe you’re having trouble concentrating in class, or maybe you’ve lost interest in your friends.

A good idea is to have your parent or guardian look at this site and read about the OnTrackNY Program. It will help them become aware of others who have the same experiences you’re having and understand that getting help is important.


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